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2023 Comparative Literature Students

There are about 2,176 students enrolled in Comparative Literature in the USA.

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College can be an extremely impactful adventure in one's life; it is an occasion for personal progress and expansion. Students start to learn their calling and build the needed skills to become a successful adult. But learning goes far beyond a classroom environment - the late nights discussing Jane Austen with a classmate, the life lesson received from an eccentric instructor, the exposure to a different background. Therefore, attending a diverse college vastly enriches what one gains from the time in university.

Comparative Literature is a more popular major among students of color than white students. 48% of America's Comparative Literature majors are white students, followed by latino students (24%), students of other races**(17%), and asian students (8%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is Rutgers University-New Brunswick located in New Brunswick, NJ.

Moreover, Comparative Literature significatly skews female, with 65% of students majoring in Comparative Literature identifying as women. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC.

Another critical type of diversity is income diversity. Comparative Literature is fairly close to the middle of the pack for economic diversity (53rd percentile). 28% of its students come from families who make north of $110,000 a year, 16% are from families who make between $30,000 and $48,000 a year, and 26% grew up in low income households. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the most socioeconomically diverse school in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall MA is the most diverse state for Comparative Literature. The New England is the most diverse region, and the Ivy League is the most diverse conference.

* diversity calculations and comparisons are based on Simpson's Diversity Index
** other races is used to refer to non asian, black, latino, or white

Diversity Statistics

Racial Diversity
  • Asian: 8%

  • Black: 3%

  • Latino: 24%

  • White: 48%

  • Other: 17%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 35%

  • Female: 65%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 26%

  • 30k - 48k: 16%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 13%

  • Over 110k: 28%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 66%

  • Out of State: 24%

  • International: 10%

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